Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 89 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 89
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 89
  3. Negative: 0 out of 89
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    95
    It's one of the biggest, most content rich games I've ever had the pleasure of playing.
  2. 95
    If you're an Elder Scrolls veteran, you'll already know what you're in for. This is not the next evolutionary stage of the series: rather a loving refinement of what made Oblivion and the now-aged PC title Morrowind so special. It's those games with better voice acting, a slicker interface, a richer world and an improved story. It's also the most polished and user friendly games in the series, with smarter character progression and a gentler learning curve.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    94
    Skyrim delivers a mind blowing level of content wrapped in a package that would be worth the experience at twice the price.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    94
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim might not be perfect, but it is by far the best RPG experience of the year. The huge and wonderful province of Skyrim serves as a great setting for an even greater story evolving around a mystical hero.
  5. Nov 21, 2011
    93
    The folks at Bethesda have built themselves quite a world, and while not perfect it is a joy to inhabit for a couple of hundred hours.
  6. Nov 10, 2011
    93
    For those who crave ultimate RPG immersion to sink into for weeks of world exploration and questing Skyrim is a must-have.
  7. Nov 10, 2011
    93
    The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is extremely ambitious, and at its core, extremely successful. While overreaches in certain areas, it has much to offer in terms of freedom and volume of content. When you look back on the experience, it's not the rough spots that'll stand out, but the broad, heroic feeling of being the powerful and change-affecting center of a richly constructed world.
  8. Nov 15, 2011
    92
    The best Elder Scrolls game released so far. The atmosphere is just amazing and the fights against the dragons cause goosebumps every single time. There are still some stupid leftovers from Oblivion, but most of the errors from the previous game have been fixed. [Nov 2011]
  9. Nov 10, 2011
    91
    There is a substantial amount of content in Skyrim and while it's easy to nitpick on all the flaws present, Bethesda has still delivered a product that even a jaded gamer like myself can still be awestruck by.
  10. Nov 10, 2011
    91
    I've dabbled in Elder Scrolls games before, but they always seemed to be the wrong combination of intimidatingly huge and mechanically clunky (not to mention kind of ugly). Skyrim is the chapter that's finally pulled me in, and suddenly I find myself smitten with the series. Not just the games, but the lore, and the insane level of thought that's been invested in the world of Tamriel.
  11. Dec 16, 2011
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  12. 90
    Easily in line for a game of the year nod and one of the finest adventures this generation has seen. [Issue#79, p.64]
  13. Dec 1, 2011
    90
    A picture-perfect playground designed to engender pure love in those willing to lose themselves within it. [Christmas 2011, p.90]
  14. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    Skyrim is epic in every sense, there is no other word for it. It is one of the biggest and best RPG ever made.
  15. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Skyrim's pretty damn awesome.
  16. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Easily Bethesda's best game yet, with an impossibly detailed and beautiful game world and a new gold standard for Western style role-playing.
  17. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Skyrim is huge, beautiful and absorbing, filled with secrets, quests and adventure. Even though the story has its flaws and quests offer little freedom of choice, Skyrim still stands out as one of the best open world RPGs to date.
  18. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    With 300 hours of gameplay, some mechanics refinement and a complete new world, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the perfect "sequel" to Oblivion. An epic game that RPG fans should not miss.
  19. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Surely the greatest console RPG of the year and maybe one of the best chapters in the Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim is definitely one of the best gaming experiences of this generation.
  20. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the snow-capped peaks of the Nords relentlessly beckon me back to pry loose one more artifact, dungeon or secret. Skyrim's lavish world is tailor-made for adventurers who are eager to satisfy their curiosity of what is beyond the next bend in the road, not those who want to know which attribute scores play into which skill. There's little question that this is a gorgeous epic, but it's also a stark reminder of what it leaves behind.
  21. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    The bottom line is that, most of the time, Skyrim is a genuinely amazing game.
  22. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Skyrim is one of the finest embodiments of an open world RPG, as there is never a dearth of places to go or quests to complete. What Skyrim lacks in tough role-playing choices, it more than compensates for with interesting things to do.
  23. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Whether you're slashing a dragon's wings, raising the dead back to life, or experimenting at the alchemy table, Skyrim performs the most spectacular of enchantments: the one that causes huge chunks of time to vanish before you know it.
  24. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    These moments are why you play Skyrim, because in the instance of breathless excitement, triumph or discovery, you invest completely in its world.
  25. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    In the end, Skyrim will be hailed as both the best and worst title of the year depending on whom you ask. RPG gamers who look for subtle storytelling and endless replay value are going to love every minute. But gamers that have even a slight problem with impatience will quickly become frustrated. However, even the most devoted naysayer has to admit that Skyrim is at the top of its genre, and that's no small feat.
  26. Nov 10, 2011
    90
    Skyrim is easily one of the strongest and best examples of the Western RPG, and it further establishes Bethesda's reputation as one of the most talented and creative forces in the gaming industry. Moreover, it offers players a world so vast they could easily become lost in it, and so beautiful they may never wish to return from it.
  27. Nov 10, 2011
    88
    The latest Elder Scrolls has such confidence in the allure of its open-world structure that it shirks the need to compete. And, it largely succeeds in being better than the sum of its parts.
  28. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Quests are better structured, the dramatic moments abound, and the atmosphere of the northern title is incredibly immersive. There are also, inevitably, small bugs, pathfinding problems, inconsistencies, repeated load times and other annoying issues which punctuate the experience bit by bit.
  29. Nov 27, 2011
    75
    Oblivion is good, but it's a flawed good. It's a different experience in many ways to previous Elder Scrolls games, but, at the same time, it's still the familiar world Elder Scrolls fans know and love. It has the usual kickass story, but the difficulty curve is a bit wobbly, to say the least, and, in general, it's a story of give and take.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 3216 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    A masterpiece, is one of those games that make you think that video games can be considered an art, like painting, music or movies. It's aA masterpiece, is one of those games that make you think that video games can be considered an art, like painting, music or movies. It's a fantastic virtual experience, deep history, superb gameplay, beautiful graphics, majestic music, in short, an incredible journey for all people who love video games Full Review »
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    Just overall the best game I've ever played, they've truly outdone themselves on this game. It is art and will always be known as one of theJust overall the best game I've ever played, they've truly outdone themselves on this game. It is art and will always be known as one of the greatest rpgs ever created during this era of games. I can see my self easily putting 200-300 hours in Skyrim over the next few years until TES 6 is released. Full Review »
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    This game is seriously amazing! i dont understand what type of person would rate this game negatively?? The sound, graphics, gameplay - itsThis game is seriously amazing! i dont understand what type of person would rate this game negatively?? The sound, graphics, gameplay - its all pure beauty. Best money i have ever spent!! Full Review »